I know I have been a total slacker lately!
Life is good and getting back to normal. Our living room floor looks like the display floor of Toys R Us, making it that more apparent that we have 3 children!
I still can't believe that Elliot is a month old already. I really seems like only yesterday that we were still waiting on him to arrive. I am getting around much better and have finished my antibiotics with no more fevers. Elliot had his follow up hearing screen and passed with flying colors. He is really starting to get chubby and weighs in right around 9lbs. We even saw the first real smiles and some cooing this week. I find myself staring at him in disbelief alot lately. With all the commotion around his birth, it is just now hitting me that he is here with us and perfectly healthy after everything we were told in the beginning of my pregnancy.
Zane is doing well and looking forward to spring break coming up. He is flying out to Seattle to see his Aunt Kelly and Uncle Jeff for a week. He talks non-stop about it and can't wait to fly. I am so glad that he is getting the opportunity to go and I can't wait to hear about his trip! I am going to miss him but he promised to call me every day and take lots of pictures of everything he sees and does.
Noah is also doing great! He received a new pair of orthodics that fit inside his shoes. He is still walking alot but continues to have problems with his feet turning in. We attempted a pretty aggressive tube feed ween last week and it completely tanked. He lost alot of weight in only 3 days. We have been talking with the dietitian at U of M and she has given us a great plan to wean the amount slowly, change the schedule, and still be able to maintain his weight. We started a few days ago and updating her in two weeks with a weight and food diary. She will be able to re figure his calories and let us know if she thinks he is ready for another decrease or not. We are now hooking him up to his feeds right after dinner so they will shut off sooner in the night. Now that he is walking he carries the pump and bag in a little backpack that he wears. Every time I look at him I think of Bill Murray in Ghostbusters. I swear Slimer is going to fly out of his bag. He also looks as if he has had a few shots of whiskey when he wears it because it is so heavy and his walking still isn't 100% stable. Remember we are not laughing at him, we are laughing with him...:)
Sadly we had to say goodbye to our dog Marley last week. We found out a few weeks ago that he had cancer and he went down hill pretty quickly. He was in quite a bit of pain and wouldn't eat anything in his last few days, so we made the decision to let him go. Brian has had Marley since he was a puppy and he turned 7 this year. Zane took it pretty hard but seems to be doing better with it. I don't think Brian will ever be the same! He and Marley have lots of memories together!
Next Tuesday, March 31st, is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day! Indiana has proclaimed it for another year! Obviously there is no cure for this birth defect, but hopefully by raising awareness, parents of expecting babies can be introduced to the resources and support that is available as well as having the option of second opinions. We as parents have to be the voice for our children!